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As little as week ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had nearly reached an understanding on Syria.The most recent battle for Aleppo seems in part to have helped rescue America's position on Syria by putting Moscow in a conundrum it hopes will not be repeated.For the United States to make negotiations fruitful, it needs to make fighting in Syria costly for Putin, and negotiations the more appealing option.There are mixed reports coming out of how much the United States is supporting groups around Aleppo, with some reporting that U.S. programs to arm the Syrian opposition reduced support to opposition factions, including anti-tank missiles, whereas other reports say that Aleppo groups received weapons normally reserved for the groups fighting Daesh in eastern Syria.The United States needs to move quickly, otherwise the Islamist groups who broke Aleppo's siege, including Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, will improve their standing while the United States continues to lose credibility.
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